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Lindsey Jo Hand realized her love for writing and sharing information at a very young age. Over the years, she has worked as a journalist, a technical writer, and has done some academic writing as well. Lindsey is also a professor of communications for American Military University. During her spare time, she teaches guitar and piano lessons to children, which is one of her greatest joys. She also enjoys volunteering with Hippo Associates or the Southeastern Greyhound Association, making music, exercising, painting, and doing anything outdoors. She also loves spending time with her family, friends, and her dog and two cats.

Charity Meets: Tracy Nicole

(Photo credit: www.tracy-nicole.com)

(Photo credit: www.tracy-nicole.com)

Name: Tracy Nicole

Occupation: Clothing Designer, Author

Website: www.tracy-nicole.com

Twitter Handle: @tracynicole13

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thetracynicole

What are three words that best describe you? Determined. Creative. Survivor.

CAREER:

Could you describe your business? Perfect Peach Inc is my non-profit whose mission is to positively impact the community by providing pre-teen and teen girls an opportunity to learn about building healthy, positive relationships with others as well as foster them in exploring and learning about themselves in order to build positive self-images and increase self-love thus building character and equipping them with the tools to make informed decisions. We are a mentoring program for teen girls. We provide workshops at schools, group homes and independent organizations. Our workshops last for approximately 8 weeks and cover topics such as self-love, domestic violence, forgiveness and reconciliation. Workshops are based on my book and accompanying workbook Who Said Peaches Were Perfect?

We are living in a time where young girls are defining themselves by what they see on television or hear on the radio and talking more about each other than supporting and lifting one another up. They lack exposure to good role models and self-esteem is suffering while self-worth is getting lost. Perfect Peach workshops help combat this.

I recently launched my own clothing line, Tracy Nicole Clothing.  I want to show that you can still be sexy without revealing everything.

What is your role, where are you based and what do you inspires you most about your work? Owner/Founder. Everyday life is inspiring.  My daughters inspire me to be better.  Making clothes that women feel beautiful in inspires me. Helping teens realize they are beautiful inspires me.

Was there anything in your past that pointed you in the direction you’ve taken?  I witnessed abuse at a very young age and it was never explained to me.  I had a bad example of what love was supposed to feel like. I had anger issues and didn’t believe I was beautiful.  When I was able to talk about it and learn more about myself when I got older, the choices I made changed for the better.  I realized the sooner we learn more about life, love and relationships the easier it will be to make informed decisions.

What experience in your career are you most proud of?  Writing my first novel and having it presented to the world.

What advice would you share with those still in school? Study. Practice. Strive for your dreams. Really, truly work hard and believe in yourself. Never settle. Never quit.  Everything you are doing today is a reflection of what you will be doing tomorrow.  Give your all to anything you want to accomplish.  You will get out of it exactly what you put in.

CHARITY:

Why is giving back is important to you?I am so blessed. Giving back is simply the right thing to do. I find it extremely fulfilling to help someone else simply because I can.  I also want my daughters to understand caring and compassion. It’s part of the legacy I want to leave them with.

How has giving back helped you? It gives me hope. It adds to my happiness to help others. I also find strength in compassion. When I help others, it helps me ten-fold. It helps me be a better person. It helps me be a better mother.  I truly believe a lot of my blessing have come from helping others without expectation.

How do you incorporate giving back into your life? I have a very tight-knit, special group of friends. As a whole, we are involved in numerous charities. Actually, a lot of the social events we attend are for charity. Your could say it’s a huge part of the culture of our friendship. Actually, my upcoming trunk show in Buckhead for my clothing line is also serving as a coat drive for foster children.  I find it effortless to tie in charity in everything I do.  I reach a large network of people and its easy to simply ask them to help others.  When I do this it gives my event a bigger purpose and that is more fulfilling.  I want it to become contagious so that when others have even larger events they will decide to tie in a charity.

 

(Photo credit: www.tracy-nicole.com)

(Photo credit: www.tracy-nicole.com)

Which charities are near and dear to you and why? Perfect Peach Inc — my non-profit helping teen girls; 50 Shades of Pink Foundation — It’s near to my heart as a breast cancer survivor and also with my mother being a 3-time survivor.  Seeds of Love Foster Resource Center – it was founded by my cousin, Kim, who was a teenage mom and has dedicated her life to serving kids stuck in the foster care system.  Last year my company helped her give over 300 kids gifts for the holidays.  Our House – The first organization I partnered with to provided homeless mothers clothing to go on job interviews.  I was a blessing to be able to give each woman in their program two outfits and a pair of shoes.  Families First – The first non-profit to partner with me to provide my perfect peach journey workshops to the girls in their group homes.

When it comes to your own philanthropic efforts, what do you look back and feel made the largest impact on those that you set out to help? Building self-esteem & self-love in teen girls. Helping them realize they deserve respect and should respect themselves in so crucial and beautiful.  I know that when you love yourself it affects everything in your life and all of your choices.  Knowing that I am giving them something that will have an affect on the rest of their lives moves me beyond words.

What are some must-attend charity events for you? Jackie Walters50 Shades of Pink Foundation Gala and Luncheon, Keshia Knight Pulliam‘s Kamp KizzyGeorgia Center For Child Advocacy.

LIFESTYLE:

What brands do you wear most often? Tracy Nicole Clothing (of course), …..

What is your favorite beauty product? Origins Ginger everything

How would you describe your home décor?  Classic with a modern twist

What is your secret for hosting a great party?  Have plenty of food and drinks

Favorite food:  Home cooked meals

Favorite cocktail: Mai Tai

Favorite restaurant:  Barcelona

If you could host a dinner party for 8, who would you invite living or dead? My Grandmother, my Mother,  Coco Chanel, Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, Jackie Kennedy, OprahMichelle Obama

Tracy Nicole with Dr. Jackie Walters (Photo credit: NuSky Photography)

Tracy Nicole with Dr. Jackie Walters (Photo credit: NuSky Photography)

 

Favorite vacation spot:  St. Lucia

Do you have any tips for parents?  Don’t forget that you were their age at one time.  Kids want a parent and not a friend.  Be there.  The time flies and you can’t get any of it back.

Favorite TV show:  Scandal, then House Hunter’s International

Favorite movie: The Count of Monte Cristo

Favorite song:  “Daylight” – Maroon 5

Favorite book: Who Said Peaches Were Perfect?

iPhone or Android: iPhone

Favorite workout:  P90X

 Where do you get your news? Huffington Post, Atlanta’s Jaquitta Williams, Women’s Wear Daily, Yahoo!

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